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Intermittent Hooting

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I have a 3-month old guinea pig. A week ago, first thing in the morning I noticed she was making a hooting sound and moving her head back and forth while in her plastic igloo. It was almost like she was still asleep. She came out of her igloo and started eating when I fed her. She gave a sneeze (it sounded like she cleared her throat) and stopped making the sound immediately. She has been her bright eyed, energetic, talkative self since then (eating and drinking same). About a week later, I noticed her making the hooting noise at night while eating a green bell pepper. I decided to run a humidifier and try to get a vet appointment in the morning. With COVID, vets are harder to get an urgent appointment so it’s been a day and a half since I last heard her make the sound. Could she have allergies? Have gotten something stuck in her nose? I have a vet appointment scheduled for this afternoon. Should I keep the appointment and just have the vet listen to her lungs?
 

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Yes keep the appointment. You cannot even consider allergies until medical issues have been ruled out first
Thank you! I’ll keep the appointment. Just curious - have you ever had a guinea pig that made this sound and it ended up just being allergies/something they needed to clear from their throat or nasal passageway? She’s so young and I’m hoping I won’t need to put her on antibiotics since they can be so hard on guinea pigs.
 

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Allergies are rare in guinea pigs. It could be something that’s irritating her airway. Does she do it randomly or at specific times?

All the best at the vet.
 

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Allergies are rare in guinea pigs. It could be something that’s irritating her airway. Does she do it randomly or at specific times?

All the best at the vet.
Only 2 times I’ve noticed it were one time in the morning and one time a week later in the evening... come to think of it... those 2 times were close to the time I cleaned her cage. But I remove her from her cage while I’m cleaning and only use diluted distilled white vinegar to disinfect the Midwest cage.
 

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See what the bet says tomorrow.

I know it’s not related but does she live alone?
 

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See what the bet says tomorrow.

I know it’s not related but does she live alone?
Thank you for your advice! Yes, she does live alone. I really want to get her a friend because I have come to realize how important it is for them to have company, but my husband is hesitant to get another since she bothers his allergies :(
 

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It may be the hay that is triggering his allergies. And when I last looked it up, there is something in their urine that can a cause a reaction in people. But I’m not entirely sure on that so don’t quote me. Or the bedding (not sure what you use). I’m afraid her welfare comes before anything. If it’s something he can’t manage then you need to think about what’s best for her.
 

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It may be the hay that is triggering his allergies. And when I last looked it up, there is something in their urine that can a cause a reaction in people. But I’m not entirely sure on that so don’t quote me. Or the bedding (not sure what you use). I’m afraid her welfare comes before anything. If it’s something he can’t manage then you need to think about what’s best for her.
I use anti-pill fleece for her bedding. I have considered giving her to another home if I can’t get her a friend since I’ve tried different hays already 💔
 
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